Octet in Eb major Opus 20 (1) Felix Mendelssohn Download 'Octet in Eb major Opus 20 (1)' on iTunes
This is the world premiere recording of the two scenes that Liszt completed of his massive oratorio on the martyrdom in 1076 of Poland’s patron saint
Repertoire: St Stanislaus
Artists: Cincinnati SO/Conlon
Label: Telarc CD-80607
Only Scenes 1 and 4 were completed by the time of his death in 1886. Their predominantly austere character is coloured by the dissonant musical language of Liszt’s old age. Though it’s a fascinating might-have-been work, extremely well recorded, played and sung, the drama proves less than gripping.